Every decade brings a new set of challenges for American Muslim youth. Our responsibility is to meet their needs by understanding the strengths and challenges of growing up Muslim in America. In order to make a difference, we must center their voices and ensure their sense of belonging and ownership within our Muslim communities and mosques. iBelong is a three-year national pilot intervention aiming to increase American Muslim belonging in their mosques. We invite you to explore this page and follow along with our progress!

Project Overview

Utilizing the Positive Youth Development (PYD) sciences, the iBelong project includes three overarching phases to be carried out over three years (Jan 2021-Dec 2023).

The iBelong project will complete a needs assessment in six representative communities across the nation, develop and host interactive workshops at each community, and create content to disseminate findings and recommendations to different audiences.


This iBelong project is very much needed and long overdue for the American Muslim community to understand the problems and find clear solutions to increasing youth participation and engagement in our mosques. The Family & Youth Institute has the research specialization and has just the right team in place to make this project a national success. I am excited to follow the progress of the six partner mosques being studied and identify what solutions can be utilized by youth directors and mosques across the country.

Imam Mohamed Magid

Project Details

Please click each phase to learn more.

The first phase of the project focuses on collecting data and identifying current opportunities and barriers to belonging in the masjid by engaging all stakeholders about their experiences. The estimated total sample size of this phase is 400 participants.

The second phase of the project aims to provide youth empowerment skills to adolescents and adults and facilitate positive connections between adolescents and adults. The intervention will be in the format of three workshops presented in-person to the communities over two days. A component of the workshops will also present the findings from the national survey to our community partners.

The final phase of the project will be focused on creating and disseminating findings from the project in a manner easily interpretable by the intended audience. Various formats of the findings will be created for the project’s diverse range of stakeholders: youth, parents, mosque leadership, the broader Muslim community, the Muslim academic community, and the broader scientific community.

Meet the team

Please click on the team member’s image to read their bio.

Downloadable iBelong Flyer available


Have any questions? Contact the iBelong Team

Email: iBelong@thefyi.org

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